Thailand tourist slump continues

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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by StevePIraq » Mon May 21, 2018 4:55 pm

the following gives the figures, mostly Chinese these days.

As I said I could care less if there were no tourists in Hua Hin. The first post in this thread referred to an article on international arrivals.

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/tourists-na ... ailand.asp
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Mon May 21, 2018 6:09 pm

More figures plucked out of thin air on a non-official website, what is the source of these magic numbers I wonder ... hmmm TAT by any chance :idea:

I'd love to see accurate numbers for revenue which is what actually counts at the end of the day.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by Big Boy » Mon May 21, 2018 6:23 pm

I agree, my party house owner is probably quids in still. My popular bar owner, is probably surviving on somtam and a bowl of rice at the moment.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Mon May 21, 2018 6:43 pm

Precisely.

I wonder if those that say they couldn't give a hoot about tourism would still live in Hua Hin if there were no restaurants, cafes, bars, golf courses, shopping malls, activities, etc, and it was essentially a little nondescript Thai village like Thap Sakae or Tha Yang.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by Big Boy » Mon May 21, 2018 7:00 pm

Personally, I'm not a touristy person, and always did my touristing in low season.

A for the second part, no, I couldn't live outside a tourist town. Rather the pain of tourists 6 months a year than living in the wilderness.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by redzonerocker » Mon May 21, 2018 10:25 pm

buksida wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 6:43 pm
Precisely.

I wonder if those that say they couldn't give a hoot about tourism would still live in Hua Hin if there were no restaurants, cafes, bars, golf courses, shopping malls, activities, etc, and it was essentially a little nondescript Thai village like Thap Sakae or Tha Yang.
Exactly, selfish attitude considering they were all tourists here once, and elsewhere for that matter too.
Now they're just long term tourists :wink:

Most be quite tough for business owners, Thai and farang. :(
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by oakdale160 » Mon May 21, 2018 11:21 pm

Back to the stats. The Malaysian numbers. Shopping is cheaper in THai border towns than in M and many of those entries are M people coming for an hours shopping plus some M men coming for a "night out"

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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by StevePIraq » Tue May 22, 2018 11:28 am

buksida wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 6:09 pm
More figures plucked out of thin air on a non-official website, what is the source of these magic numbers I wonder ... hmmm TAT by any chance :idea:

I'd love to see accurate numbers for revenue which is what actually counts at the end of the day.
My first post was Trading Economics a very reliable source for world wide data. The second was pure chance finding it. Whichever way you look at it international arrivals are way up from a few years ago.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Tue May 22, 2018 12:05 pm

I disagree as these figures are manipulated and provided by TAT who are the only ones that measure arrivals and departures - therefore they are effectively meaningless. Just walking around any tourist town with your eyes open, or talking to hoteliers, tour operators, and business owners that have been here for years, will tell you there are fewer foreign tourists than a few years ago.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by laphanphon » Tue May 22, 2018 1:13 pm

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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Tue May 22, 2018 1:15 pm

What does it prove? Where are they and where are the revenue figures?

Quote all the stats you want, tourism is a dead duck in many places and the Chinese do very little for Thais.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by oakdale160 » Wed May 23, 2018 9:34 am

The Chinese are not quite zero-spending tourists. They do pay for accommodation and meals--all bargained down to the lowest possible price. Plus hiring of busses and a little extra shopping. Not nearly as much as Europeans, I admit. They do love the transvestite shows and the 2 showplaces in Patts are packed every night.

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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by Gregjam » Wed May 23, 2018 10:24 am

Having first settled here in 1990 I actually preferred it then. Perhaps Hua Hin has grown beyond what is needed. Are two large malls necessary and multiple Starbucks? Do we need so many drinking areas. Soi Rainoon used to be a nice residential street. Expansion yes but over expansion?

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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by laphanphon » Wed May 23, 2018 10:33 am

Needed, apparently so. Supply and Demand.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by T.I.G.R. » Wed May 23, 2018 11:34 am

Tell you what.......I play golf four times a week at Palm Hills. Notwithstanding its the slow season this is the slowest year I've ever seen there.....twelve players booked one day, 20 another. The place is virtually dead except for the clubs that have regular attendance from non-tourists.

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